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Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

13 October 2017

Professional sports teams, once among the most loyal customers of Trump Hotels, are finding other luxury places to stay while on the road, in a trend that began as soon as Donald Trump announced his longshot presidential bid in 2015. In fact, maybe just one of the 17 that had used them before.

According to a report from the Washington Post, at least 12 National Basketball Association teams had stayed at Trump's Manhattan hotel since it opened in 2010. Which is not particularly surprising, given the presence of LeBron "U Bum" James. 'So therefore ain't no invite.

"Politics is politics, it's been here for eons and you're going to have good times and bad times". But some coaches and players have made it clear that Trump's politics definitely factors into their decision to stay elsewhere. His team quit using Trump SoHo in 2016. Eighteen teams declined to respond to the survey, and 71 responded that their respective teams hadn't stayed at a Trump property within the last seven years.

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As one team estimated, it previously spent around $20,000 per night in rooms and food at the Trump Soho.

"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", Parker said.

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. He has called for NFL teams to fire players who do not stand for the American national anthem at games and demanded the firing of ESPN host Jemele Hill for a tweet he found offensive.

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"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Post, however, that Trump's attacks on sports teams were not related to the loss of business".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump's criticism of National Football League players caused teams to abandon his hotels, but she quickly dismissed the premise.

"The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country", Sanders wrote the newspaper in an email. 'The president's position on athletes standing for the National Anthem is about respecting the flag and the men and women of the military who sacrifice to defend it and nothing else'.

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Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips